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 Just off podium at JR WOSSAA


   Dorchester's Palajsa in boys' singles and West Elgin's boys doubles team of

   Mosher and Timmermans, both place fourth at the badminton championships


  May 4, 2022


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By Rob J. Ross

LONDON, Ont. - Back in February, Luka Palajsa had never held a badminton racket and the only birds he knew were the ones chirping from the trees.

Three months later, Palajsa was one step away from a medal, at the WOSSAA junior badminton championships, at Saunders Secondary School.

The Lord Dorchester student finished fourth in boys' singles. His two losses were to the silver and bronze medal winners.

"Today was a little less consistent than the TVRA final, but overall not much that I could have improved. It was as good as it could have got," said Palajsa.

The Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South-East champion does want to work on playing more relaxed.

"Definitely being less tense," Palajsa said. "Being too tense when you're about to hit it (bird), you swing and miss many of them. I have to stay loose."

Palajsa, also a keeper with London Alliance FC Mustangs' U15 boys team, plans on sticking with the sport.

"It was a good season," Palajsa said. "I'll keep playing badminton. I'm looking forward to next year."

Palajsa now turns his attention to high school tennis, a brief season, with the TVRA South-East championships, May 11, at Pinafore Park.

The top two in each of the five events, boys and girls' singles, boys and girls' doubles and mixed doubles, advance to WOSSAA, May 19, at Stratford.


Wildcat boys fourth

West Elgin Wildcats boys doubles' team of Josh Mosher and Jordan Timmermans, also placed fourth, dropping a three set match to Saunders.

"It was a good experience and we played a lot tougher teams than we had in the past," Timmermans said. "We're not medalists but it was close. We did well. A good season."

Mosher and Timmermans, both Grade 10 students, came into WOSSAA as the South-East Division winners.

"A lot better than I expected it to go," said Mosher, adding WOSSAA offered the toughest competition of the season. "It was an eye opener for us at this tournament."

Central Elgin Titans Rebecca Nurton finished in the top eight in girls' singles.

Both the Central Elgin Titans girls' doubles team of Melissa Francis and Reina Walters and East Elgin Eagles girls' doubles team of Annelise and Adrianna Borm, were 1-2.

Parkside Stampeders Bryce Hampton, in boys' singles and the boys' doubles team of Darren Hagerty and Ryan Willmore, both finished at 1-2.

Listowel won the team title, thanks to having the silver medalists in boys' singles and girls' doubles, bronze medalist in mixed doubles and a fifth place in girls' singles.

London Saunders placed second as a team, followed by London Oakridge, Stratford Central and Mitchell, rounding out the top five.



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    WOSSAA top three

Girls Singles
1.  Vanessa Eng (London Oakridge)
2.  Beatriz Salvalaggio (London Mother Theresa)
3.  Ella Shen (London Lucas)

Girls Doubles
1.  Ireh Jung & Lana Abdallah (London Saunders)
2.  Nicole Alexander & Aria Koch-Nichol (Listowel)
3.  Taylor Allcock & Chloe Jones (Woodstock College Ave)

Mixed Doubles
1.  Lauren McKay & Jared Vosper (Mitchell)
2.  Emma Baek & Neelesh Nayak (Mother Theresa)
3.  Sumgwon Ahn & Madilynn Steadman (Saunders)
Boys Singles
1.  Ethan Qi (Arva Medway)
2.  Nathan Coverdale (Listowel)
3.  Mason Hong (London Banting)
Boys Doubles
1.  Jacob Kang & Nathan Siebert (Stratford)
2.  Hector Zarate & Jonathan Bulla (London Aquinas)
3.  Kees Alcantara & Caden Smith (Saunders)

Related articles:

    WOSSAA Senior championships

    South-East 2022 Junior championships

    South-East 2022 Senior championships

   South 2022 Junior qualifier

   South 2022 Senior qualifier

   East 2022 Junior qualifier

    East 2022 Senior qualifier





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